Burberry Prorsum / Spring 2010 / London Fashion Week
What a far cry it is from Burberry’s F.O.B. signature check to view Christopher Bailey’s latest collection for the British legacy brand. The things this man can do with metallics are beyond words. Working with his favorite draped tulle, platform heels, paper-thin suedes, and sheeny silks, Bailey has this time around encrusted pieces with confetti-looking silvers and golds to create a celebration of a collection. In the past, he’s studded and quilted the classic trench, made them in prints, midnight blues and neons. For S/S 2010, Bailey chose a shortened camel version as prototype for the season’s numerous pastel variations. Since the young designer’s taken over as Creative Director for the line, he’s not only managed to modernize the iconic trench within a few seasons, but has reinvented the brand’s former stuffy aesthetic with a younger, less drab equivalent to fine English tailoring.